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History of freediving

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Andyl

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Hi guys, I’m researching freediving in the 1950’s particularly the first records of Italian divers Falco & Novelli in ‘51 and 56’. Any good books, threads, I could visit?
 

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While you're at it, you might also want to research usage of the expressions "free diving" and "free diver" during the 1950s. The term "free diving" itself is just a translation of the French term "plongée libre", a coinage to distinguish all kinds of underwater swimming from standard diving with brass helmets, canvas suits, lead boots and surface air supplies. In the 1950s, therefore, "free diving" covered both breathhold and scuba diving. Note how these three books from that decade come with "free diving", or "free divers", in the title and with images of scuba divers on the dust cover!
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Incidentally, Albert Falco (pictured below wearing double-hose scuba gear and an early Beuchat Tarzan wetsuit) was French, not Italian. He is identified as a spearfisherman in Mascret Vianney's excellent doctoral thesis charting the history of recreational scuba diving in France and entitled L’aventure sous-marine. Histoire de la plongée sous-marine de loisir en scaphandre autonome en France (1865-1985), viewable online at https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/839091/filename/TH2010_Mascret_Vianney.pdf.
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Andyl

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Take a look at a chapter of our beginners guide: https://www.deeperblue.com/history-of-freediving/
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While you're at it, you might also want to research usage of the expressions "free diving" and "free diver" during the 1950s. The term "free diving" itself is just a translation of the French term "plongée libre", a coinage to distinguish all kinds of underwater swimming from standard diving with brass helmets, canvas suits, lead boots and surface air supplies. In the 1950s, therefore, "free diving" covered both breathhold and scuba diving. Note how these three books from that decade come with "free diving", or "free divers", in the title and with images of scuba divers on the dust cover!
511WL5l3nqL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
freedive.jpg
freediving.jpg


Incidentally, Albert Falco (pictured below wearing double-hose scuba gear and an early Beuchat Tarzan wetsuit) was French, not Italian. He is identified as a spearfisherman in Mascret Vianney's excellent doctoral thesis charting the history of recreational scuba diving in France and entitled L’aventure sous-marine. Histoire de la plongée sous-marine de loisir en scaphandre autonome en France (1865-1985), viewable online at https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/839091/filename/TH2010_Mascret_Vianney.pdf.
Albert_FALCO.jpg
Great insights, thanks. Do you have any more info / pics on Falco or Novelli? And how their partnership came about? Later The two divers teamed up with a third diver Cesare Olgjai (seen it spelt Olgiaj and Olgiaji) to reach 135 meter air assisted dive. Do you have any information about him? Correct name spelling for a start!
 

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Great insights, thanks. Do you have any more info / pics on Falco or Novelli? And how their partnership came about? Later The two divers teamed up with a third diver Cesare Olgjai (seen it spelt Olgiaj and Olgiaji) to reach 135 meter air assisted dive. Do you have any information about him? Correct name spelling for a start!
Thanks

Great insights, thanks. Do you have any more info / pics on Falco or Novelli? And how their partnership came about? Later The two divers teamed up with a third diver Cesare Olgjai (seen it spelt Olgiaj and Olgiaji) to reach 135 meter air assisted dive. Do you have any information about him? Correct name spelling for a start!
Actually I think Albert Falco and Ennio Falco may actually be different Spearfishers. Albert was part cousteau’s famous French crew while ‘Ennio Falco’ is listed an Italian three times world record breaking free diver / scuba diva. Are we taking about two different divers?
 

DRW

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Actually I think Albert Falco and Ennio Falco may actually be different Spearfishers. Albert was part cousteau’s famous French crew while ‘Ennio Falco’ is listed an Italian three times world record breaking free diver / scuba diva. Are we taking about two different divers?
Sounds like we are. The names Ennio Falco, Alberto Novelli and Cesare Olgjai don't resonate with me. Jacques Mayol is more of a name I know from the past but he was active during the 1970s. You might get more information about these Italian nationals from the journal of the Historical Diving Society of Italy, whose issues are available for free download at http://www.hdsitalia.org/hds-notizie.
 

Andyl

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Sounds like we are. The names Ennio Falco, Alberto Novelli and Cesare Olgjai don't resonate with me. Jacques Mayol is more of a name I know from the past but he was active during the 1970s. You might get more information about these Italian nationals from the journal of the Historical Diving Society of Italy, whose issues are available for free download at http://www.hdsitalia.org/hds-notizie.
Thanks - have been through them all and vet little. Only one article in fact which surprised me.
 
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